Valuable points for Barragan in Brazilian mudfest

Murphy’s law is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. Or in a slightly different form: ”If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.” This was also the faith of the Brazilian GP and LS Honda’s Jonathan Barragan in that race. In a Grand Prix that was largely determined by the extremely muddy conditions Barragan suffered a terrible amount of crashes. Still the Spaniard soldiered on to finish both motos and take home 19 valuable championship points.

The highly impressive Beto Carrero facility hosting the Honda GP of Brazil, the fifth round of the 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship received critical acclaim by riders, fans and media. Situated inside the Beto Carrero World theme park the atmospheric setting provided a great track and an electric vibe. Barragan immediately felt at ease on the track and after posting solid lap times durin the morning’s sessions Jonathan guided his CRF450R to seventh position during the qualifying race. Unfortunately freak weather conditions marred JB’s hopes of strong results on raceday. Relentless showers throughout the night almost caused the organizers to limit racing to one single moto in an effort to preserve the track. The heavy, red mud placed an even greater importance on good starts, sheer luck and… endurance. A good portion of both motos was spent by virtually every rider dragging his bike up from the muddy surface! After a bad start the 22.000 strong crowd witnessed Barragan hitting the ground numerous times in the slimy first outing. However Jonathan persisted to the finish line with twelfth spot.

Down from 14th after the start the Spanish MX1 champion pushed on to 11th in the first lap. A more cautious approach in the second sprint allowed the Red Bull athlete to improve his standing by one position and he left Beto Carrero with twelfth in the MX1 overall result for the day.

Jonathan Barragan “I crashed a lot today. I think seven or eight times in the first moto. It seemed like everyone was falling over because it was really difficult. In the second race I started second or third, but then Cairoli crashed in front of me. I tried to go over him, but I ended up on the ground again. I restarted last and made it up to eleventh. It was a hard track and a hard day. It was a shame because the circuit here is spectacular and I think the best of the year; just the rain came and the races turned out like they did. Apart from that I have to give Beto Carrero a ‘10’.”

MX1 Race 1 1. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 44:47.275; ; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:29.145; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:43.349; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:47.125; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:49.116; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +2:26.285; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +2:43.169; 8. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +2:59.506; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), -1 lap(s); 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), -1 lap(s); 11. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 13. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 14. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 15. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 16. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), -3 lap(s); 17. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -3 lap(s); 18. Wellington Garcia (BRA, Honda), -5 lap(s); 19. Adrian Garrido (ESP, Honda), -6 lap(s); 20. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), -7 lap(s);

MX1 Race 2 1. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 42:09.534; ; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:02.155; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:07.681; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:32.074; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:43.134; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:53.271; 7. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:02.910; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:03.333; 9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +1:05.447; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:26.338; 11. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing), +1:48.125; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:50.650; 13. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +2:00.226; 14. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +2:15.735; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +2:52.748; 16. Antonio Jorge Balbi JR (BRA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 17. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 18. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 19. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 20. Wellington Garcia (BRA, Honda), -3 lap(s);

GP of Brazil classification 1. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 43 points; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 37 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 36 p.; 5. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 31 p.; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 30 p.; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 30 p.; 8. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 23 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 23 p.; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 23 p.; 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing), 19 p.; 13. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 18 p.; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 15 p.; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 13 p.; 16. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 10 p.; 17. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), 9 p.; 18. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 6 p.; 19. Antonio Jorge Balbi JR (BRA, Kawasaki), 5 p.; 20. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 4 p.; 21. Wellington Garcia (BRA, Honda), 4 p.; 22. Adrian Garrido (ESP, Honda), 2 p.;

Provisional MX1 standings 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 203 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 179 p.; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 172 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 170 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 154 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 142 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 139 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 129 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 110 p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 107 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 92 p.; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 81 p.; 13. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS HondaRacing ), 78 p.; 14. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 71 p.; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 59 p.; 16. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 50 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 40 p.; 18. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 39 p.; 19. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 27 p.; 20. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 21 p.; 21. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 21 p.; 22. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), 14 p.; 23. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 14 p.; 24. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 12 p.; 25. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), 12 p.; 26. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 12 p.; 27. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 11 p.; 28. Rodolfo Fernandez (USA, Yamaha), 7 p.; 29. Martin Garcia (MEX, KTM), 6 p… ;

The sixth round of the FIM MX1 World Championship takes place on the 3rd of June in St-Jean d’Angely, France

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